World Water Day: 22 March

2017 World Water Day!

The main event for 2017 will be held in Durban, at which South African President Jacob Zuma will launch the 17th edition of United Nations’ World Water Development Report in as part of World Water Day celebrations. In line with the UN’s 2017 World Water Day theme – Waste Water the untapped resource – the report focuses on the critical role of wastewater management for vibrant economies, resilient societies and the maintenance of healthy environments. In addition to launching the report Zuma will, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Heads of State Committee on the UN High Level Panel on Water, present a declaratory statement the activities of the High Level Panel on Water at domestic, regional and global level.

A World Water Day Summit and Expo is being held from 22 to 24 March in Durban by the Department of Water and Sanitation in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government and UN-Water. The summit will provide South Africa with an opportunity to outline progress in meeting water and sanitation goals since 1994 and will also be a platform for sharing knowledge and experience on risks in water provision induced by drought and climate change. Other prominent World Water Day events will be held in Rome, Nairobi, Stockholm, New York and Geneva.
If you are attending any of these events, we would be very happy to hear from you. Reports will follow in our next newsletter.

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